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Introducing an equal rights framework for older persons in residential care

Jönson, Håkan LU and Harnett, Tove LU (2016) In The Gerontologist 56(5). p.800-806
Abstract
This article reconceptualizes residential care for older persons by introducing a framework developed from a rights-based principle of disability policies, the normalization principle. This principle is part of the social model and states that society should make available for people who have impairments living conditions that are as close as possible to those of “others.” Using the framework on the case of eldercare in Sweden shows that although disability policies have used people without impairments as a comparative (external) reference group for claiming rights, eldercare policies use internal reference groups, basing comparisons on other care users. The article highlights the need for external comparisons in eldercare and suggests... (More)
This article reconceptualizes residential care for older persons by introducing a framework developed from a rights-based principle of disability policies, the normalization principle. This principle is part of the social model and states that society should make available for people who have impairments living conditions that are as close as possible to those of “others.” Using the framework on the case of eldercare in Sweden shows that although disability policies have used people without impairments as a comparative (external) reference group for claiming rights, eldercare policies use internal reference groups, basing comparisons on other care users. The article highlights the need for external comparisons in eldercare and suggests that the third age, which so far has been a normative reference group for older people, could be a comparative reference group when older persons in need of care claim rights to equal conditions. (Less)
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The Gerontologist
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56
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800 - 806
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Gerontologial Society of America
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1758-5341
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10.1093/geront/gnv039
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  author       = {Jönson, Håkan and Harnett, Tove},
  issn         = {1758-5341},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {800--806},
  publisher    = {Gerontologial Society of America},
  series       = {The Gerontologist},
  title        = {Introducing an equal rights framework for older persons in residential care},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnv039},
  volume       = {56},
  year         = {2016},
}